Consortium for Health Promotion and Translational Research

The Consortium for Health Promotion and Translational Research (CHPTR) at the College of Journalism and Mass Communications, is an impetus for funded research in strategic campaigns and translational sciences in science, technology, engineering, math and health (STEM-H). Through sponsored research activities, the consortium aims to promote healthy behaviors and translate evidence-based STEM-H research into efficacious and effective practice and implementation.

Our Niche

Transformation. Together, we transform STEM-H innovation and research into efficacious and effective interventions and campaigns.

Our Work

Consortium-led projects:

  • Imagine!: Improving kindergarteners nutrition and physical activity related knowledge, preferences and habits through virtual reality game in rural Nebraska.
  • A health system level approach to integrate weight management, obesity care coordination, patient engagement and clinical trial recruitment.
  • Investigating the modality effect of AI assistant-based interventions to help address isolation and loneliness among older adults living with mild cognitive impairment.
  • A Proactive Approach to Diversity and Inclusion: Developing an Immersive Performance-driven Virtual Reality-based Diversity and Inclusion Training Program.


  • FY 2016 Team Nutrition training grant in Nebraska.
  • How to better apply virtual reality technology for healthcare education and clinical practice.
  • Using integrated learning platforms with co-parenting for successful kids to increase engagement and foster effective learning experiences.
  • Translating efficacious childhood obesity treatment for rural micropolitan practice.
  • Integrating evidence-based nutrition, exercise, and weight management interventions in primary care to increase reach, effectiveness, and maintenance of lifestyle interventions.

Interested in starting a new CHPTR project?

Contact Dr. Changmin Yan, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Advertising and Public Relations, Director of the CHPTR, at